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Cybersecurity

Reduce the chance of cyber criminals attacking your organisation and minimise the impact of a breach with advice from our cybersecurity specialists.

Following a cyber-attack your business may be liable in damages to all affected individuals. You could also face stiff regulatory sanctions and your commercial reputation may suffer. Our cybersecurity solicitors will help you prevent that.

We provide expert advice on the law and bespoke guidance on how to protect your electronically stored data and communication networks from cyber criminals. By incorporating best practice risk management protocols across your organisation, our goal is to reduce the chances of attack. And if there is a cyber breach, our incident response plans can help minimise the fallout.

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Experts in data protection & privacy law

In addition to assisting with cybersecurity risk management, our team can assist you across all areas of data protection & privacy law, including:

Cybersecurity management: Reduce risk and protect your business

Our increasing commercial reliance on cloud-based services and mass data storage solutions means cybersecurity threats from a variety of sources are on the rise. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated in their methods, businesses cannot afford to ignore the risk of a cyber-attack. So, it may be reassuring to know that many cyber-attacks are opportunistic and can be foiled by implementing relatively simple security measures.

We work with businesses across a range of sectors to help them develop an appropriate cybersecurity strategy and manage the risk of cyber-attacks in a proportionate and practical manner. Our work involves:

Assessing risk to your business

Based on the sector you work in, the size of your business and the nature of the information you hold.

Examining the data

You hold to ensure you are following GDPR guidance on data retention.

Advising on employment practices

To ensure you make adequate security checks on staff.

Providing comprehensive data protection and cybersecurity training to staff.

Undertaking full data audits

As well as, disposing of unnecessary data. These audits should be carried out at regular intervals as part of your overall risk management policy.

Producing protocols

For use when engaging with third parties to ensure their systems are data and cyber secure.

Advising on measures to increase cyber resilience

Including advice on use of shared computers, use of encryption, ensuring software is regularly updated and portable devices are handled securely.

Ensuring you are compliant

With any relevant cybersecurity laws and regulations.

Creating incident response plans

That can be activated quickly in the event of a breach.

Notifying relevant parties

In the event of a cyber breach, including the Information Commissioner.

Reduce risk of attack on your business

There’s no standardised approach to cybersecurity. To properly manage the risk to your company you need to consider your own situation. What software do you use? How do you manage staff access to data? What training is in place? What opportunities do your IT systems and processes present to hackers? Legal advice from specialist cybersecurity solicitors that focuses on your requirements can quickly identify flaws and examine how risk can be removed or reduced.

Ensure compliance with regulations

Cybercrime poses significant risks not just to individual businesses but also to the economy and infrastructure of the country generally. Unsurprisingly there is now an array of rules and regulations designed to increase cybersecurity. UK companies must comply with the rules relevant to them. Legislation includes the Communications Act, GDPR, the Data Protection Act, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations and the Computer Misuse Act. Our data protection solicitors can help ensure compliance with these rules, reducing the risk of sanction and any resulting disruption to your business.

Help mitigate penalties resulting from a breach

If a cyber attack results in any significant data breach it will lead to the involvement of the Information Commissioner and any individuals affected may sue you in the civil courts. In all instances being able to demonstrate that you took all appropriate steps to reduce or remove the threat of cybercrime to your business, including investing in specialist legal advice – is an effective way to help lessen any penalty you might face. For example, evidence of good data governance and staff training that we help implement as part of our service demonstrates a willingness to comply with the rules. It’s proof that you are a responsible business that takes the threat of cybercrime seriously and its implications for private data seriously.


Who we help: Businesses seeking to manage the risk of cyber attack

The risk of cyber attack is real. It can affect businesses of all sizes across all sectors. Our team works closely with businesses to reduce risk in a number of ways – from guidance on simple steps individual employees can take to make their working practices more secure, to large- scale data audits and company wide specialist cybersecurity training. We identify the weak links in your data management systems, helping you rectify them and giving you and your staff the confidence to concentrate on your core business, in as safe and secure an environment as possible.


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Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.
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Samuel B Higgs Account Director, Signal Media
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja CEO, SonicJobs
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla
I've enjoyed working with Harper James Solicitors and we are in good shape thanks to their help.
Steve Dunlop CEO, A Million Ads
Harper James solicitors don’t speak in the legalese which I have heard too many times from other solicitors and which is totally unhelpful. What I’m after is focused, considered advice about the specific situations that I face. By which I mean, do you think this is a good idea? Their response might be ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. One word is often all I’m looking for! My solicitor gives a view and I really value that.
Tom Davenport MD & Co-Founder, Alvius
When I heard about Harper James’s Enterprise subscription service, it struck me as being a disruptive model and I was really impressed. One of the main things about Harper James is that I actually use their services without hesitation. We’ve experienced high levels of professionalism with Harper James, and all for a reasonable cost.
Nick Thompson MD, DCSL Software
Harper James have been incredibly professional and responsive. They immediately understood the challenges we have. Not only those of any small business, but those relating to building a piece of complex tech, and they have been able to help us navigate that from a legal perspective.
Alastair MacGregor Founder, Do IT
Quick and responsive to our needs.
Stuart Young MD, Etive Technologies
Harper James have become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.
Veejay Lingiah CEO, Flash Sticks
What I’ve been most impressed with is the way Rob and Ed have dug deep, independently, into our website and made sure every base is covered. They’ve looked under the surface of the website and highlighted areas where we need to ensure we have correct terms and policies in place. That’s first-class support.
Lameece Nagib Head of Operations, Hopin
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
Michael Edwards Co-Founder, Inspire Group
It's very cost efficient and fast. I have enjoyed talking to everyone in the company as they are not only knowledgeable but can also relate to the situations that I need assistance with. Very happy!
Kerem Sozugecer Founder & CEO, LeftBrain Technology
Quite frankly I was stunned at the low cost of the service given the value it provided us.
Dr Matthew Carr CEO, Luffy.ai
Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.
Leigh Purnell CEO, Petalite
As a young company, getting the right advice regarding staff, contracts, policies and procedures can be crucial. Harper James delivers this for us with professional, expert lawyers across all our desired areas, who are always able to provide all the support we need and more. This has enabled us to concentrate more on growing and developing our business.
Imogen Wethered CEO, Qudini
I can’t sing our solicitor’s praises enough: fast, efficient, sensible and supportive. A quick and fair resolution to all queries that we have worked on together and would thoroughly recommend her to any of my contacts.
Samuel B Higgs Account Director, Signal Media
What attracted me to Harper James was the pricing model they have in place. It means we get access to top legal professionals at prices we can afford. In our most recent funding round, the support we received was vital.
Mikhil Raja CEO, SonicJobs
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amelia Guilfoyle Head of legal, Zoopla

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Our specialist team of solicitors provides bespoke advice on all areas of data protection and cyber security law. Based on our experience we can help you minimise the threat of cyber- attack, respond rapidly to cyber incidents and advise you on the merits of any claims you may face from individuals. Our knowledge of the ICO and other relevant institutions means we are also in a position to provide realistic guidance on any regulatory intervention you may face.

Beyond your cybersecurity strategy, we can also provide you with a host of integrated legal services for your business. Whether you need help reviewing the terms of a SaaS agreement, or legal advice on a dispute, our integrated team of experienced solicitors can support your business, no matter the commercial legal requirement.

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